ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
ALEXANDER DUTHIE
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1867
Official Number
56600
Description
Rig: SHIP
Built by William Duthie Jnr.
Launched April 1867 - destined voyage UK to Australia.
Master S. Norrie

Renamed: GUNHILDE (1888)

Description: 2 decks, with a poop and a top gallant forecastle, 3 masts, ship rigged, round stern, carvel built, no galleries, three quarter male figurehead. Recorded in register 26th April 1886, ship altered to 1 deck and barque rigged.
(Source: Aberdeen Shipping Register (Aberdeen City Archives))

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1867-68, 1868-69, 1869-70, 1870-71: Owners Duthie & Co., Master Douglas, Port belonging to Aberdeen, Destined Voyage Aberdeen - Australia.
1871-72, 1872-73, 1873-74, 1874-75: Owners Duthie & Co., Master T. Norrie.

1882 and 1884: Voyage Australia, Master James Donald, previously of the CAIRNBULG.

1888: Sold to Norway and renamed GUNHILDE. Owner C. Anker, Master from 1895 O. Bjornstad, registered to Frederickshld, Norway.

Ran onto Goodwin Sands, was abandoned and sank in December 1899.


Sydney Morning Herald, 02/09/1867:
David Peragrin and William Hall, seamen on ship "ALEXANDER DUTHIE", were convicted of having during voyage from London to Sydney, embezzled 2 cases of Brandy, part of the cargo. They had been in irons 51 days. No wages due to them and sentenced to 6 weeks imprisonment.

Aberdeen Journal, 13/11/1867:
Arrived at Sydney on 30th August after a splendid run of 75 days, left Gravesend on 12/6/1867, passed Plymouth on 15th, crossed equator on 9/7/1867.

Illustrated Sydney News, Saturday 16th November 1867:
The wool season has now fairly set in, and with it the activity which characterises the London liners at this period of the year. The Brucklay Castle took the first shipment of the New. Clip, and was followed by the Strathdon.
The splendid new clipper Alexander Duthie, which recently made the passage from the London Docks to Sydney in 78 days, took over 3000 bales, and made the largest freight ever earned in one voyage by a ship from this port.
Prior to sailing, Captain Douglas celebrated the maiden trip of his fine vessel by a ball. The spacious quarter-deck was for the nonce converted into a salle de danse, with walls of many hued-bunting and canopy of canvas. Chinese lanterns of every conceivable design furnished light, and festoons of evergreens and garlands of flowers hung round the walls, lent additional beauty to the scene. In the poop the tables groaned beneath choice refections, sparkling wines, and other descriptions of creature comforts, while the side cabins formed the neatest of dressing and card rooms.
Dancing commenced about 8 o'clock, and both Captain Douglas and Mr. Murfit, the chief officer, exerted themselves indefatigably to make their 150 guests at home. The band must have felt it a relief when supper was announced. The latter was by no means the least satisfactory of the arrangements, and ere it concluded the health of Captain Douglas and a successful future to the good ship Alexander-Duthie, was drunk with all the honours. Captain Douglas, in responding, thanked the ladies and gentlemen present for the very flattering manner in which the toast had been proposed and responded to, and expressed his satisfaction that on this, his first voyage to Sydney, he should have met with greater kindness than in any port he had ever visited, and he was sure that it would be satisfactory to all present to know that his voyage promised to be one of the most remunerative ever made by any vessel that ever left the port. He hoped that the friendships formed here would be pleasurably renewed on many future occasions; and should he have the honour of conveying any of the residents of Sydney to the mother country, he hoped to earn from them as warm expressions of satisfaction and esteem as his passengers on the outward voyage had been kind enough to place on record.
In conclusion he asked the company to join in a bumper to the health of a sailor who had that day arrived in the colonies, and who, though a Prince, was one who was every inch a British seaman, and by his proficiency in his profession had fairly earned his rank. The health of his Royal Highness Prince Alfred was then enthusiastically drunk. Dancing was then resumed, and unflaggingly sustained until Old Sol, peeping through the east, told the revelers it was time to go. The Walter Hood sailed a few days after the Alexander Duthie, and the Strathnaver is now ready for sea, leaving the Agnes Rose, Swiftsure, General Lee, and Caldbeck partly loaded.


Sydney Morning Herald, 04/03/1869:
[Advertisement] To Captain A. Douglas - we passengers on your good ship, acknowledge unvarying kindness and consideration shown for our comfort and happiness. You have had much to harass and annoy you, constantly interrupted by contrary winds and calms, prolonging voyage which could have been performed in little over half the time. [off San Francisco 10/11/1868].

Northern Echo, 20/04/1870:
Belfast Newsletter 22/04/1870:
Admiralty have ordered a ship to be sent to Auckland Islands to search for any seamen from "MAKOTA", which sailed from New Zealand 13 May and has not since been heard of. Several fires were sighted on the cliffs of these islands by Master of ship "ALEXANDER DUTHIE" [from Melbourne], which was unable to approach to rescue the castaways who might be found.

Aberdeen Journal, 14/02/1872:
"ALEXANDER DUTHIE" of Lizard [Cornwall], 10 February, London for Sydney, landed pilot.

Sydney Morning Herald, 25/07/1877:
The favourite ship "ALEXANDER DUTHIE", having completed taking in her freight for London, will leave Monday next. Her spacious passenger accommodation has been fully taken up and, being in excellent trim and an acknowledged fast vessel, should make a good passage home.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 13/03/1884:
Official report of "ALEXANDER DUTHIE", which arrived Liverpool last week:- "Left Manilla 4 Sept. 1883, were 8 days getting clear of the place, 6 days at anchor inside the Corregedor, blowing a heavy gale from SW. Light head winds and calms down to Anjor [Java]. Passed 4 Nov. Passed through straits of Sunda. Very light SE trades or monsoon across Indian Ocean and NW winds off Cape of Good Hope (rounded 3 Jan.). Light winds to equator, crossed 28th Jan. in Long 23.30W [between Brazil and W. Africa] with very bad NE trades and from thence to Liverpool moderate winds and unsettled weather. Passage 188 days.

Sydney Morning Herald, 19/04/1884:
For considerable time past great anxiety at Sydney and at home for well-known Aberdeen clipper ship "ALEXANDER DUTHIE" [Melbourne Argus 29/04/1884 reported she had been posted missing at Lloyd's]. She left Sydney early 1883 for Manilla with cargo of coal. Just heard ship has safely arrived Liverpool and that her long voyage was due to calms. The many friends of Capt. Donald and his officers in this port will be pleased to hear of their safety.

Melbourne Argus, 12/08/1887:
In District Court Francis W. Tardiff sued Alexander W. Cregeen, Master of "ALEXANDER DUTHIE", for £37 wages alleged due as cook and steward. He was engaged at Puget Sound, Canada, for voyage to Melbourne at rate of 9 dollars per week, but 40 days out he was taken out of the galley and set to work before the mast. At Melbourne Captain only designed to pay him £9, which he refused. Defence was that plaintiff was utterly incompetent as a cook and exceedingly filthy in his habits, so that neither Captain nor men could eat the food he provided. Bench made order for £26.10.4.
Shipbuilder
DUTHIE
Shipowner
William Duthie Jnr. & Co.
Dimensions
length 211' x breadth 35'2" x depth 22'
tonnage 1159 tons
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